good food + awesome travel & occasional odd bits

Best of 2011 Photo Journal

As 2011 comes to a close, once again, I am amazed at how fast time goes by. 2011 was a fantastic year full of adventure and good times. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to travel to Bogota, Colombia in the beginning of the year. I spent my days in Spanish language classes, museums (there was an impressive temporary Man Ray exhibit), wandering the city, getting lost, and eating good food.

Later this year, we spent our anniversary in France and Spain which was quite an adventure. Some of the trip was completely unplanned, except for our destination to Amboise in the Loire Valley (and the final destination)- we took a train from Paris to Tours, rented a car, and got ourselves to the chateau in one piece. While in Amboise, we toured  Chenonceau, discovered an amazing bakery, tasted a chocolate tart that blew me away, went to the local market, bought too much cheese which we brought onto the train and stunk up the entire car, and headed to Spain on a whim.

After a long train ride, we finally arrived in San Sebastian. It was cold and rainy. The car rental place was closed and we didn’t have a hotel reservation in sight. So, we headed into town on foot, tried unsuccessfully to hail a cab, and proceeded on in the rain dragging along the luggage. Luckily, we happened upon a nice hotel (Astoria 7) that happened to have accommodations for us. Perfect. This town was by far my favorite- the best food in the world (according to me) is here. Tons of tapas bars, all of the ones we hit up were fantastic. We even got to make cheese with the premier Idiazabal cheesemaker in the area. Dinner at Arzak was over-the-top greatness. The Guggenheim in Bilbao was a sight to see. I loved “Puppy”. I could have easily spent more time here. I want to live here.

Next, we boarded the train once again and headed to our final destination, Paris. It was difficult to contain my excitement especially since I planned the itinerary that revolved around searching out as many pastry shops as we could fit in. In between, we saw all the sights, got lost, ate, experienced market days, enjoyed the museums (caught the Louis Vuitton exhibit at the Carnavalet Museum), stopped for drinks, took many strolls, gorged on desserts, and shopped at the BHV (I love this place!)

I hope 2011 was a spectacular year for all of you as well and we wish everyone a Happy New Year and all the best for 2012. Cheers!

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